California drivers face new laws in 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KION) Several new traffic safety laws are taking effect in 2021, and the California Highway Patrol is reminding drivers of what they are ahead of the new year. The CHP says these laws are taking effect in 2021: License Points for Distracted Driving: Starting on July 1, 2021, drivers who violate the hands-free law by using a handheld...

California Attorney General Proposes Fourth Set of CCPA Regulation Changes

The California attorney general released a fourth set of proposed modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act regulations; notable regulatory changes include a new opt-out button for websites and an offline notice of the right to opt out. The California attorney general issued a fourth set of proposed modifications to the regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) on...

CPRA Series: New, Expanded and Modified Consumer Rights

On November 3, 2020, Californians approved another significant piece of privacy rights legislation, the California Privacy Rights Act, or the CPRA.  The CPRA amends and expands the already (almost) infamous CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), which is the privacy law that went into effect in the Golden State last year. New Rights under CPRA The CPRA provides for, among other...

New California law banning toxic chemicals in cosmetics will transform the industry

A toxic-chemical ban signed into law in California will change the composition of cosmetics, shampoos, hair straighteners and other personal-care products used by consumers across the country, industry officials and activists say. The ban, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the end of September, covers 24 chemicals, including mercury, formaldehyde and several types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as...

Franchise Groups Plan to Sue Over California Gig Worker Law

California’s rigid worker classification standard threatens relationships between franchise owners and their brands, business groups said in announcing the latest legal challenge to the state’s controversial Assembly Bill 5. The International Franchise Association, along with several other groups and companies such as the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Supercuts, said they will file a lawsuit in the U.S....

Uber bought itself a law. Here’s why that’s dangerous for struggling drivers

The company, along with Lyft and DoorDash, spent more than $200m to deny drivers the wages and benefits they’re entitled to. Last week, Uber bought itself a law. Along with Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates, app companies spent more than $200m – the most spent on any ballot campaign in US history – to bankroll Proposition 22 in California. With its passage, the...

Prop 22 passes in California, exempting Uber and Lyft from classifying drivers as employees

Backed by more than $200 million from Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Uber-owned Postmates, Proposition 22, or Prop 22, is the costliest ballot measure in California’s history, according to Ballotpedia, underscoring how important its passage was to the future of their businesses. Uber (UBER) and Lyft (LYFT) stocks are both up over 11% percent on the news. Prop 22, or the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies...

Inside Uber and DoorDash’s Push to Win the Most Expensive Ballot Race in California History

California voters are set to decide Nov. 2 whether drivers of Uber and other app-based ride-hailing firms should be independent contractors or employees. One lawyer who has sued Uber over worker classification called Proposition 22 the “equivalent to a $1.5 billion presidential campaign for a single issue.” Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and DoorDash Inc. are spending tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}...

New California Law Expands Successor Liability for Labor Code Judgments

On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 3075, which amends the California Labor Code to allow employees to collect wage and hour judgments not only from their employers, but also from certain successor businesses that take over operations when the employers have failed to pay the judgment debts. Specifically, AB 3075 adds Section 200.3 to the...

ISS proposes voting policy changes for 2021

Last week, ISS released for public comment a number of proposed voting policy changes to be applied for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2021.  The proposed changes for U.S. companies relate to board racial/ethnic diversity, director accountability for governance failures related to environmental or social issues and shareholder litigation rights, i.e., exclusive forum provisions. Comments may be submitted on the...